(Grillo pronunciation: GREE-lo)
Grillo is a Sicilian white wine grape variety, most famous for its role in fortified Marsala wines. The earliest mention of this wine was in the mid 19th century, and has since become one of the most popular white table wines. It is used most commonly as a varietal wine, and is found in some other white wine blends. The Grillo wine grape is well suited to hot and dry climates, which makes Sicily, Italy a perfect home.
Todays Grillo wine has tasting notes of grapefruit, lemon, apple, citrus blossom, thyme, and minerals, making it more of a fruit driven wine. In earlier styles, the white wine had a much more earthy taste. Grillo wine is typically medium bodied, bone dry, moderately acidic, and carries floral and herbal aromas.
Fresh, light Grillo wine is best served chilled alongside dishes such as seafood pasta, lemon chicken, and vegetables.
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